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Use Vista without activation for 120 days

It’s widely assumed that a newly installed copy of Windows Vista must be
"activated" before 30 days are up.

But Microsoft has built into Vista a simple, one-line command that anyone can
use to extend the activation deadline of the product to a total of 120 days —
almost four full months!

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More on the Vista upgrade secret

I revealed in my Feb. 1 article that you can buy the “upgrade” version of Windows Vista and
clean-install it to any hard drive, with or without a preexisting version of
Windows XP or 2000.

This renders the more expensive “full” version of Vista unnecessary —
and many of my readers have provided additional information about why
this upgrade trick works.

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Get Vista upgrade, never pay full price

Many people are upset the fact that the economical, “upgrade” version of
Vista won’t accept a Windows XP or Windows 2000 CD-ROM as proof of
ownership. Vista Upgrade is said to install only to a hard disk that already has
XP or 2000 already on it.

But I’ve tested a method that allows you to clean-install the
Vista upgrade version on any hard drive, with no prior XP or W2K installation
— or even a CD — required.

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Should you choose Intel or AMD?

The CPU wars won’t be over any time soon. In the meantime, which CPU chip —
Intel or AMD — is best for Windows?

Benchmarks can help, but the full answer lies elsewhere. I’ll cover that, plus
crash sleuthing and lots more in today’s issue!

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More cases of adware running amok

Don’t you hate it when software refuses to uninstall? I sure do. So, today’s issue begins with help in rooting out recalcitrant software.

Don’t you hate it when software refuses to uninstall?

I sure do. So, today’s issue begins with help in rooting out recalcitrant
software. I then cover a free utility, an IE 7 speed-up, and lots more!

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An explosion of info on passwords

Wow! What a hot button! My Jan. 4 article on "Easier
but safer passwords" generated a veritable flood of reader mail.

Here’s a
sampling of a few of the best comments. Also, I have some info you need to
know about “Windows Live Toolbar" and installing the new Windows Vista.

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How to ease your password hassles

Just as in 2006, one of 2007’s top themes is likely to be online security.

So, let’s begin the New Year with some very useful password security tips and
tools, and then look at an "update aggregator" service — and more!

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Beware of unexpected holiday gifts

now you’ve opened your presents and you’re playing with your new tech
toys — but don’t let the Grinch spoil your holiday season.

Let’s take a quick look at some flaws that Microsoft hasn’t yet patched,
and which people may use to try to scam you this season.

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LangaList is merging with Windows Secrets

I have important news for everyone who uses Windows. The LangaList — a respected e-mail newsletter that’s uncovered the tips and tricks
of Microsoft’s operating system for nine years — is merging with the
Windows Secrets Newsletter.

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IE 7 needs tweaking for safety

Microsoft’s new Internet Explorer 7.0 browser, which was released to the
public last week, includes several security improvements but still has weaknesses
inherited from IE 6.

I’ll show you an easy way to “harden” IE 7 so you’re protected against
hacker threats that haven’t even been invented yet.

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